J.D./M.A. in Public Policy

The economy, health care, climate change – these are just a few of the public policy issues that affect us all. More than ever, we need leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors to tackle these issues and make a lasting difference in their communities. The Glenn School’s M.A. in Public Policy is designed especially to produce leaders in public service. Because lawyers often take a leadership role in their communities, The Ohio State University has established this combined-degree program between the Moritz College of Law and the Glenn School of Public Affairs.

Course work breakdown

This is the only Moritz combined-degree program that can be completed in three years. Combined-degree candidates must earn a total of 76 semester hours of course work at the Moritz College of Law and 31 hours of course work at the Glenn School. Typically, J.D. students must complete 88 semester hours of law course work, and M.A. students must take 38 semester hours at the Glenn School. However, students participating in the combined-degree program may apply 12 credits earned at the Glenn School toward their law degree and 19 credits earned at Moritz toward the M.A. degree.

Students complete their first year of study at the Moritz College of Law. Their second and third years of study involve a combination of classes at the law school and at the Glenn School. Combined-degree candidates should take Administrative Law at the Moritz College of Law during their second or third years of law school.

For additional information about the M.A. program or to obtain an application, please contact:

John Glenn School of Public Affairs
110 Page Hall
1810 College Road
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-8696

Student Voice

“Upon discovering the joint-degree offerings, I was eager to take advantage of the opportunity to earn another degree without additional time or cost and expand my job options. The J.D./M.A. in Public Policy and Management in conjunction with the Glenn School seemed ideal with my undergraduate background and continued interest in government and public service.

My experience in Moritz’s Legislation Clinic and my law school course work in election and administrative law have greatly benefited from the insights I have gained through the joint degree’s interdisciplinary approach. It is my hope that my joint degree will give me an edge in pursuing a legal career in the government and public policy field. Ultimately, I know that the strong analytical foundation I have developed through my time at Moritz and the Glenn School will make me a more engaged and responsible citizen and lawyer and help me make a difference in the civic life of my community.”

– Lauren Huddleston 3L, Cincinnati, OH, Georgetown University